It’s New Year’s Eve, and Gemma and Spencer Bailey are throwing a house party. There’s music, dancing, champagne and all their best friends under one roof. It’s going to be a night to remember.
Also at the party is Caitlin, who has returned to the village to pack up her much-missed mum’s house and to figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR executive who’s keeping a secret which no amount of spin can change. The three women bond over Gemma’s dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet.
But as the following months unfold, Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits by shocking new developments. Family, love, work, home – all the things they’ve taken for granted – are thrown into disarray. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives and start over. But dare they take a chance on something new?
About the Author:
Sue Mongredien, who chose the pen name Lucy Diamond, is a children’s author gone chick lit. She was born in 1970 and worked in publishing for many years before she went off to see the world for a year. Some more work in publishing and some for the BBC lead her to be a writing mum both for children’s books and contemporary novels.
That’s sweet: Sometimes I chose books to read just because the cover and the title looks and sounds interesting: This cover just cheered me up with its light blue and the title sounded motivating. After all, it’s a good thing to take chances and just what I need this year.
And taking the chance with this book was a great idea. It is mainly set in Larkmead a fictional village in Suffolk but also in London. A lot of places close to where I live are mentioned like Holkham Beach, and that gave the book extra flair for me.
At first I feared the main characters would only be cliches. A pregnant woman working in PR, a former nurse turned into a homepage developer and a stay at home mum meet up at new years eve more or less by accident. Lots of drink involved let them open fortune cookies and all hope for a better life.
But, of course, it never goes that way in novels. All of them have to face their fears and life changes. Theirs are described with so much humour and compassion that you just get sucked in.
I loved all three main characters even though stay at home mum got on my nerves at first. Too whiny for my taste and not appreciating what she has. But she grew on me as she changed her fortune with a lot of cleverness and a little help from her friends.
I liked it as well that all three Of them grew to be friends over the course of the book.
That stings: I would love to know how it goes on with them and hope there might be a sequel
The honey of it all: All in all the setting seemed more than realistic to me. I grew up and lived in villages, and the people seem to be and react the same way everywhere. I love strong female characters who allow luck to take their course but also grab their chances.
This is an easy to read book that takes your mind off your everyday life for a while. But it let you come back with a good feeling and the urge to take chances too.
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